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Stranded at a desolate Nevada motel during a nasty rain-storm, ten strangers become acquainted with each other when they realize that they're being killed off one by one.



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Caroline Suzanne (as Rebecca DeMornay)
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Malcolm Rivers has been convicted as the perpetrator of several murders and is sentenced to death. An eleventh hour defense by his lawyers and psychiatrist that Malcolm is insane based on new evidence has resulted in them meeting with the prosecutors and the judge to discuss if the verdict should be overturned. Meanwhile, on a dark night during a torrential rainstorm in the Nevada desert, a series of chain reaction events results in several people needing to stay at an out of the way motel managed by Larry. They are: ex-cop now limo driver Ed, and his client Caroline, a diva of a once famous actress; quiet adolescent Timmy, his stepfather George, and his mother Alice, who was seriously injured when Ed accidentally ran over her as she watched George change their flat tire; prostitute Paris, who was the unwitting cause of George's flat tire; newlyweds Lou and Ginny, whose marriage is based on a lie; and Police Officer Rhodes, who was en route escorting prisoner Robert to his new ... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Identity is a secret. Identity is a mystery. Identity is a killer. See more »


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 April 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

I.D.  »

Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$16,225,263 (USA) (25 April 2003)


$51,475,962 (USA) (13 June 2003)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


There was some location shooting in Lancaster and other places in Los Angeles County, but the majority of the movie was shot on an enormous sound stage at Sony Studios in Culver City (the same studio that once housed the set for the Emerald City in The Wizard of Oz (1939)). See more »


Around the 1 hour 2 min mark, it is discovered that Alice has died, when the limo driver places his hands over her eyes to close them, you can see the actress's left eye blink before closing. See more »


Rhodes: You got a name?
Paris: Paris.
Rhodes: Paris, huh? I'll get it.
[Gets chips from vending machine]
Rhodes: Never been.
Paris: Well, you ain't goin' tonight.
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Crazy Credits

The first few opening credits leave behind a letter to the word "IDENTITY" as they fade away. See more »


References The Usual Suspects (1995) See more »


All My Life
Written and Performed by Foo Fighters
Courtesy of Roswell Records / The RCA Records Label, a unit of BMG Music
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Edge of the seat thriller
11 November 2004 | by (Northeastern PA) – See all my reviews

I've never before seen a film that made me sit on the edge of my seat practically from the opening credits. And I never got to sit back.

This was a psychological thriller of the best type. There is plenty of opportunity for you to nominate the "bad guy" and while you may be right in a sense you will probably also be wrong. The ending is a real shocker - and I suspect that the typical reaction of many viewers is to say "No way" - but if you think about it, it is the only possible ending. But you have to think about it - and the film is so action-filled that you never have time. SO the realization must come after the closing credits roll.

I'd never seen John Cusack in anything but a comedy before (except for a film called "Max", but I saw that before I knew who Cusack was). He pulled off drama equally as well as he does comedy. An impressive talent.

And an impressive film.

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